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: Midday Music

by F. G. Bacon's Orchestra, relayed from W.H. Smith and Son's Restaurant, The Square


Musicians: F.G. Bacon's Orchestra


' Dickens' Widows'


. relayed from the King's Hall
Rooms : Musical Director, ALEX WAINWRIGT


Director: Alex Wainwrigt

: A Birthday Programme

(The Bournemouth Station was Opened on October 17, 1923)
The Programme, which will be prefaced by a Special Birthday Message from Mr. J.C.W. REITH, Managing Director of the B.B.C., will be representative of the various types of entertainment provided for the enjoyment of listeners throughout the year. The items selected are those which listeners have singled out as their favourites. Contributors to this Programme are:-
KATE WINTER (Soprano) - Folk Songs and Ballads
HARRY BRINDLE (Bass) - Operatic Arias and Ballads
The philosopher Faust has sold his soul to Mephistopheles for the gift of renewed youth. The Devil, having fulfilled his part of the bargain, helps Faust to win a beautiful maiden, Marguerite. When Faust has betrayed Marguerite, Mephistopheles stands outside her window, with a guitar, and sings an impudent Serenade.
The Calf of Gold is a song in which Mephistopheles derides the simple pleasures of the towns-folk at their Easter merrymaking. The only important thing in the whole world is money, he says, and all alike worship at the shrine of the Golden Calf.
CENTURIES ago the London street hawkers, calling their wares, put their announcements into a sort of rough-and-ready verse, and sang it-probably because whatever is much repeated tends to take a musical shape. In the eighteenth century and later, scores of street traders had each his or her characteristic call. Dr. Johnson records in one of his essays that ' the attention of a new-comer is generally first struck by the multiplicity of the cries that stun him in the streets.'
The earliest record of the cries is found in the poem entitled London Lickpenny (or Lackpenny), attributed to John Lydgate, a fourteenth-fifteenth century Benedictine monk. Some of the cries heard by the chief character of this tale, as he fares across London, are mentioned' Silk and lawn,' 'Paris thread.' 'Hot sheep's feet.' 'Rushes grene,' 'Hot peascods,' 'Spices, pepper and saffron,' and so on. Many composers have taken the original snatches of tune sung to the old cries and woven them into short musical works. Three eminent composers of Shakespeare's day, Thomas Weelkes, Orlando Gibbons, and Richard Deering, made the cries into 'fancies' - pieces for voices and strings. Altogether they preserved for us thus some hundred and fifty songs of all kinds-trades-men's cries, watchman's calls, begging songs, the Town Crier's announcement, and so on. The late Sir Frederick Bridge, who brought these works to light again after they had spent many years on dusty shelves, has written an interesting little book about them, reproducing quaint old pictures of the criers, and some of their calls. Mr. Oliver has made out of some .of the cries a light and tuneful suite of songs.
PHILIP TAYLOR (Baritone)-Popular Songs
HELENA MILLAIS (Entertainer) - 'Our Lizzie'
JOCK WALKER (Entertainer) - The Scotch Comedian
GEORGE STONE (Humorist) - Some ' Darset ' Stories


Unknown: Mr. J. C. W. Reith
Bass: Harry Brindle
Bass: Operatic Arias

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